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July 12, 2016

A road map to tackling National French Fry Day in Philadelphia

Five local eateries that pride themselves on the so-called side order

Salty, crispy, eat-with-your hands, fried (sometimes baked) bite-sized potato pieces that equally appeal to the taste buds of greasy-fingered toddlers and food-snob adults.

We’re talking about french fries.

Today, July 13, is National French Fry Day, according to Twitter’s trending hashtags, and it's been verified by Google.


To celebrate, we've gathered a collection of five Philadelphia eateries that attract crowds thanks, in part, to their fries. 

Philly also has a few french fry bars (you read that right) that are expected to open any day. So, maybe just extend National French Fry Day. We approve.

Waffles & Wedges

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Waffles & Wedges markets its wedges as being baked, not fried.

Waffles & Wedges has a storefront in Center City that dishes out waffles and (potato) wedges to be eaten alone or topped and loaded with all kinds of goodies. (Case in point.)

The restaurant says the key to its super yummy french fries is that they are baked and not fried – so, also healthier, right?

The business owners also recently launched a food truck.

Chickie's & Pete's

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Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries are a Philly fan favorite.

Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries are a quintessential Philadelphia food. The restaurant's flagship location is in South Philadelphia.

The fries are coated with a secret blend of crabby spices and served with a side of signature cheese sauce.

In addition to several restaurant locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries can also be purchased at several other venues in the city, including Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, the Wells Fargo Center and, a first this summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park. 

Bonus: For the second year, Chickie's & Pete's is celebrating National French Fry Day with "Crabfries for Heroes" by selling the fries at all full-service locations for $1 from 11 a.m. to midnight. Proceeds will be donated to the Fraternal Order of Police Survivors Fund.

Village Whiskey

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Village Whiskey has fries fried in duck fat.

This Center City restaurant has french fries fried in duck fat. Enough said.

The Grey Lodge Pub

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The Grey Lodge Pub serves its fresh-cut fries with a side of wiz.

The Grey Lodge Pub in Northeast Philly serves its "Best of Philly" fries hand-cut and made fresh daily. It also sells truffle fries for an extra buck, and according to reviewers, they're well worth it.

Nick's Old Original Roast Beef Restaurant 

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Nick's Old Original Roast Beef Restaurant's gravy fries.

Philly has a claim to a lot of foodie concoctions, and gravy fries are one of them. That's brown gravy ladled over french fries, which is sold at several Philadelphia establishments, but is done right at Nick's Old Original Roast Beef Restaurant in South Philadelphia.

It's a messy dish, and not particularly pretty in presentation, but it makes up for all that in taste. Promise.